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Fiction news and analysis from The Nation
March 9, 2018
Language Is a ‘War Zone’: A Conversation With Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
The Kenyan author discusses colonialism and abandoning English to write in his native Kikuyu.
March 6, 2018
Zadie Smith’s Dream City
In a moment when ideological surety is the order of the day,
asks us to remember that another mode of thought is possible.
January 29, 2018
A Bell With a Distant Ring
There is much to learn from Yasunari Kawabata’s final novel, even as—especially as—it gives rise to more questions than answers.
January 26, 2018
VIDEO: Ursula K. Le Guin on Listening to the Unheard Voices
The late author on climate change, the definition of progress, and how “the future in science fiction is just a metaphor for now.”
January 11, 2018
Paul Kingsnorth’s England
In two new novels and a recent collection of essays, the English environmentalist and activist captures a country coming apart.
Christopher de Bellaigue
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December 28, 2017
Mary McCarthy’s Unsparing Honesty
For McCarthy, accuracy was more than just a literary aesthetic; it was a moral and political position.
November 20, 2017
Subverting the Western: A Conversation With Hernan Diaz
The author of
In the Distance
discusses foreignness, his theory of genre, and what it means to do research for a novel.
November 16, 2017
Jennifer Egan’s Shadow Worlds
maps the networks of power working just below New York’s surface.
November 16, 2017
Orhan Pamuk’s Fathers and Sons
The Red Haired Woman
, the Turkish novelist returns to a central theme in much of his work.
October 30, 2017
We Are All Refugees: A Conversation With Mohsin Hamid
is about the many migrations that humans undergo. Its author finds universality and hope in that.
Caitlin L. Chandler